*Pic: Peter Rathjen, Guy Green and Lton Mayor Albert van Zetten*Pic from HERE

UNIVERSITY of Tasmania vice-chancellor Peter Rathjen, who earns over $855,000 a year ( Examiner HERE ), has racked up $50,000 travel expenses in less than six months,including three nights at the Sofitel in New York at a cost to the university of more than $1,100 a night.

ABC: The union representing University of Tasmania staff is disappointed the Vice-Chancellor has racked up more than $50,000 travelling the globe in style in less than six months.

Leaked travel records, obtained by the ABC, show Professor Peter Rathjen and his wife travelled to North Carolina, New York and Paris, taking economy, business and first class flights between September and early October last year.

The couple spent three nights at the Sofitel in New York during the trip at a cost to the university of more than $1,100 a night.

The total cost of the trip came to more than $37,000, with the university recorded as footing the bill.

The Vice-Chancellor also spent Christmas and New Year in Cancun, Mexico.

Again the $15,000 trip was charged to the university.

The National Tertiary Education Union state secretary Kelvin Michael was not impressed.

“We hear from staff at the university that workloads remain high and that staff are always being asked to do more with less resources,” he said.

“At a time of high workloads and limited resources, it’s disappointing to some degree that university senior management seem to be spending very high amounts on travel.”

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